The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. (USCCB)
Christmas Season Mass Schedule
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, December 8th
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 17: Simbang Gabi
Saturday, December 17th
December 24: Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th
(No morning Masses.)
December 25: Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25th
December 30: Feast of the Holy Family
Saturday, December 30th
December 31 & January 1: Mary, Mother of God
Saturday, December 31st
January 7/8: Epiphany
Saturday, January 7 & Sunday, January 8
January 14/15: Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15
Advent Sacrament of Reconciliation
Christmas lights seem to be going up earlier this year. It appears we are eager to dispel the darkness as we await the birth of the Light of the World.
We have been given a gift that graces us to dispel other darkness’s—in our hearts, in our lives. Pope Francis wrote, “The Lord never tires of forgiveness. Let us ask for the grace not to tire of asking forgiveness because he never tires of forgiving.”
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated:
December 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church.
Please view our Reconciliation Service online.
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You can also continue to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation each Saturday of Lent prior to the Vigil Mass, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church and 4:00 p.m. at Mater Christi Chuch.
Come to the Light!
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